This special seven-minute video comes directly from Belladonna herself, so what better way to celebrate her reentering—so to speak—the adult industry. Opening with an interesting attempt to toss audiences in medias res, our first sight is of Belladonna’s rear, raised high in the air. Within seconds, Belladonna asks her partner in crime—adult star Jenna Haze—if she would like to stick her hand up Belladonna’s butt. Ms. Haze lets out her trademark braying laugh and snorts, “I actually would!”
Belladonna gives some exotic tips on fisting. For instance, would you have ever guessed that slender hands and short fingernails are optimal for feminine anal play? After this, Ms. Haze is invited to enter the forbidden zone, saying, “I just want to feel what it’s like to have my hand up a girl’s ass.”
Then, Belladonna gets an idea. Amid Ms. Haze’s shrieks of “Oh my God, my hand is up your ass!” and “This is so hot!” Belladonna urges her to slip her full hand into her pussy. She’s never had it this way before. Ms. Haze complies, and that’s when the magic begins.
In order to truly understand the statement Belladonna, the auteur, makes in this brief clip, one has to look at the iconography and symbolism of the fist. With such a powerful—and plentiful—image, what does she want us to take from this?
Looking to the penetrated orifices themselves, one could make the traditional argument found in any female-helmed double-penetration film: the anal canal is the same as the vaginal opening, lending each of these films rich symbolism on par with Margaret Atwood or, perhaps, Betty Friedan. The equality of both orifices acts as a harsh indictment—tantamount to “babies are shit”—of the male-dominated adult industry’s phallocentric obsession with “woman as object of procreation” Some might argue with this interpretation, but something as simple as a facial crystallizes this symbol: women exist to be doused in manseed, then tossed aside once their purpose has been served. The idea of primal lust plays into it, but consider the root purpose for said primal behavior.
The significance of the fist in religion—particular Judeo-Christian beliefs—suggests the fisting act as the embodiment of the woman as god, or goddess if you will. Inviting a well-known actress like Jenna Haze to portray this “goddess” role further reenforces the notion. Somebody as visible and prolific as Ms. Haze makes the subtle suggestion that “God(dess) is everywhere.” Rather than penetrate Belladonna with genitals—which is not physically possible—Ms. Haze delivers two fists, symbolizing the power of a female goddess over the traditionally patriarchal Judeo-Christian God. In other Bible-sanctioned fisting, it is always the male penetrating the female, either vaginally or rectally, with a single fist.
Historically, the image of a clenched fist has symbolized movements as varied as communism, war protestation, farm workers, African rights and anarchy. We all know Belladonna as an anarchic—some might say disgusting—adult entertainer. In both her directing and acting efforts, she always tries to bring something new and daring to the fold. Often, she succeeds—this is why she is one of the most well-known performers working today—but sometimes, she crosses certain lines that leave audiences both admiring her fearlessness and questioning her sanity.
More importantly, however, is the symbol of the clenched and raised fist in the women’s liberation movement in the middle of the 20th century. As any woman working hard for equality in a male-driven industry can attest, the movement struck multiple blows for equal rights, but women—and society as a whole—still has a long way to go. Could Belladonna be trying to say, “Raise your fist, Jenna. Raise your fist within me, for your clenched fist is the equal of any man’s engorged penis”? I cannot claim to speak for Belladonna, but whatever her intention, her double-penetrative fisting has spoken volumes for both her character and her skill as a storyteller and filmmaker.
Later this week, I will take a look at this year’s Belladonna’s Fucking Girls 6—the performer’s triumphant return from her self-imposed retirement in August 2007—and her latest directing effort, Manhandled 3.
While waiting for those reviews, feel free to ponder these lines from Song of Solomon, 5:2-4:
I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.
I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.